Taste Of The Week – Vegan Brownies

Photo (c) Clare FM Paul Knapps

On Thursday’s Morning Focus, Alan Morrissey welcomed brand new guest Paul Knapps. Paul is a firefighter by day who has a passion for cooking home made healthy recipes.

Paul is a TV cookery presenter who employs both healthy eating along with mental well-being in his own personal beliefs. In addition, ‘The Firefighting Chef’ is a public speaker and is currently an author in progress.

Paul came on the show and baked some delicious vegan chocolate brownies. His main aim is to cook healthy, eat healthy and love what you do.


Recipe For Vegan Brownies:

2 tbsp ground flaxseed
> 6 tbsp water
> 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (split in to 150g for melting and 50g to add to batter)
> ½ tsp coffee granules
> 80g vegan margarine, plus extra for greasing
> 60ml water
> 125g self-raising flour
> 70g ground almonds
> 50g cocoa powder
> ¼ tsp baking powder
> 250g golden caster sugar
> 1½ tsp vanilla extract


Pre heat your oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3½. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
> Combine the flaxseed with 6 tbsp water and set aside for at least 5 mins.
> Next in a saucepan add some water and pop a bowl over the top making sure the bowl isn’t touching the hot water,
> melt 150g of the chopped chocolate, the coffee and margarine with 60ml water on a low heat.
> In to a large bowl put the flour, almonds, cocoa, baking powder and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl and stir to remove any lumps. Using a hand whisk, mix the sugar into the melted chocolate mixture, and beat well until smooth and glossy, ensuring all the sugar is well dissolved. stir in the flaxseed mixture, vanilla extract, and remaining 50g of chopped  chocolate and add to  the flour mixture and mix well then we are ready to Spoon into the prepared tin.
> Bake for 35-45 mins until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean with moist crumbs.
> Allow to cool in the tin completely, then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container and eat within three days ! As if any will be left …. Enjoy.

You can listen to the full interview below.